William D. King, longtime resident of Mexico, Mo., passed away peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Hospice of Louisville, Ky., with his loving family at his side. He was born in Marshall on July 2, 1923, and grew up there, where his family had lived for five generations. He graduated from Marshall High School and later from Missouri Valley College.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Ann (Clemons) King, his parents, William Raeburn King III and Marian Elizabeth King, and his brother, John Raeburn King.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lockridge King, his daughter, Patricia Mann and her husband, Dr. Paul S. Mann, devoted granddaughters, Kimberly Kitchen and Kristin Gullett and her husband, Michael, and three great-grandchildren, Jenna Kitchen, Nicholas Straughn and Samantha Grace Gullett, all of Louisville, Ky. Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Susan Hartman of Chambersburg, Pa., and Janet Harvey of Maryville, Tenn.
Mr. King was a veteran of World War II, serving as a parachute rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe. He also sang in the Army choir. He retired from the MFA Seed Division in 1984 after 30 years of service.
He loved the sport of trapshooting and the friends he made doing it. Those survivors include his dear friend of many years, Jim Badaracco, and other friends and fellow trap shooters, Bob Graf, Charlie White, Rick and Laine Mattieson, Nelson Willingham, Charles Wheaton, Bob Smith and many others. He achieved national recognition and honors for winning many tournaments and competitions, including the overall veterans' winner at the 90th Grand American Trapshooting Tournament in Vandalia, Ohio, in 1990, which had a worldwide list of competitors.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the VFW Hall in Mexico, Mo., on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Louisville, 315 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
Expressions of sympathy for the family may be offered at pickeringfh.com.
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